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Research Letter
April 22, 2020

Analysis of Early Intervention Services on Adult Judicial Outcomes

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2Yale Center for Analytical Sciences, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 3Whiting Forensic Hospital, Middletown, Connecticut
JAMA Psychiatry. Published online April 22, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.0448

New-onset psychotic disorders can increase entanglements with the criminal justice system.1 The resulting convictions and incarcerations can increase risk of suicide, delay access to care, and irrevocably impair employment and other opportunities for already vulnerable young adults.1 Specialty team-based services for first-episode psychosis (FES) are effective across a range of outcomes,2 but little is known about their effect on criminality.3 We report a secondary analysis of a pragmatic randomized clinical trial of an FES (Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis [STEP]) vs usual treatment (UT) for criminal justice outcomes.4

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